By Major Brian L. Braden, USAF , Air University
/ Published October 05, 2016
Our Air Force is under tremendous manpower pressures, especially regarding our combat aircrew. Deployments are at an all time high. Pilot training units are graduating many new pilots that units must absorb. Since flying training units (FTU) must train these pilots, less programmed flying training (PFT) is available for critically needed instructor upgrades. Often-deployed units have fewer resources to upgrade aircrew “in-house” (a secondary method). Therefore, many units are undermanned overall, yet have too many initial qualified aircrew, and/or not enough instructors to train them.
Read the original article published 9 August at Chronicles Online Journal : http://www.airpower.au.af.mil/airchronicles/coj/cc/braden.html